New details as floating sauna plans submitted

More details have been revealed about plans to deliver the UK’s first floating sauna in Liverpool’s historic docks.

A planning application has been lodged with Liverpool Council to install a sauna and ice baths on a floating pontoon next to the existing jetty in Princes Dock. Peel Waters is working in partnership with WYLD Sauna to bring the attraction to the Liverpool Waters development this summer.

Now new information has been released as part of documentation submitted to the local authority.

A planning statement developed by professional services firm Arup, said the proposal would be a “complementary use” to existing water-based activities within Princes Dock, such as open water swimming. It said the new pontoon would be moored to the existing dock wall but could be easily moved, if needed.

WYLD Sauna hope to install a 30-person sauna and plant room alongside a pair of ice baths with floor boxes. Outdoor showers, and waterfall effect pail showers would also be put in place alongside two changing rooms, with floating planting to act as a boundary for people who would like to enter into the dock space.

The entire proposed development would be fabricated in a metalwork factory in Essex. All external and internal finishes are installed, including lighting, mechanical and plumbing in a factory environment; all fully tested and certified before transportation to Princes Dock.

The applicant said in its documentation that no cosmetics, chemicals or detergent will be allowed, including shower gels and soaps. It added: “All water, including rainwater will simply enter the dock as it won’t need to be managed in anyway.”

Alongside this, WYLD said, “Materials have been carefully chosen not only to suit the existing surroundings but also to ensure that they stand the test of time within the marine environment.”

A series of floating plants are being proposed to act as a boundary to the waterspace that users of the facilities will be able to access. The statement said: “This will not only add a unique aesthetic to this area but will also provide the waterspace with new, biodiverse landscaping. 

“The plants have been carefully chosen to suit the marine environment and will be finalised during the determination period. Wyld Sauna have spoken to flora specialists who have experience in installing floating habitats in dock waters. The structures will consist of flourishing coconut mats that meet protective metal and lightweight foam glass gravel.”

Subject to approval, the sauna could open from 7am to 10pm, seven days a week. During busy/peak times, where the open water swimming is in operation, a lifeguard would be placed on duty. During off-peak times and quiet periods where there is no open water swimming in operation, members only would be able to dip in the allocated dock area in front of the sauna or use the cold plunge ice baths.

A ‘draw bridge’ style access is proposed between the existing pontoon and the proposed pontoon. This bridge will be lifted up when the sauna is not in use.

Image credit: ARUP

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